There aren’t many better ways to start a Premier League season than a 3-0 win, so it’s understandable that captain-for-the-day César Azpilicueta was on a bit of a high after last night’s trouncing of Huddersfield.
Positives vibes abound.
To start, our new players are wonderful!
“Our [new] signings have been very good. They are adapting very quickly to the team and being comfortable in the the team, and we have a very good squad.”
And our finishing was tremendous!
“It’s true when we created chances we were clinical. The goal just before half-time was massive going into the second-half. It meant we could control the game and we could have scored more goals in the end. In the first-half every ball and every cross was dangerous for them.”
To call Chelsea clinical is a bit of an understatement, as we had two shots on target and two goals up until minute 57 of the match, when a powerful headed strike from Antonio Rüdiger was defended by Terries goalkeeper Ben Hamer. Shortly after, Marcos Alonso’s almost Puskás Award-worthy strike hit the goalpost, thus delaying our third score until the 80th minute of the match.
Shooting doesn’t get much more precise than that. Having experienced the other side of that coin just last season, when goals and precision seemed very far away, Dave was full of appreciation.
And last, but not least — working for Sarri is awesome!
“We have been working really hard with him. He knows what he wants and our target was to start really well which we have done and now we must get ready for Arsenal.”
-César Azpilicueta; source: BBC via London Evening Standard
With a week to prepare, we might even get a smoother performance from Chelsea against an Arsenal team who themselves are getting used to new players and a new manager. In the meantime, if Azpi keeps up these positive vibes, he might just end up being the permanent owner of the captain’s armband. It’s hard to see how that would be a bad thing.
Good way to start the new season in the @premierleague! #cfc pic.twitter.com/Cf3gea9XAA— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) August 11, 2018